Thursday, August 26, 2010

Weaving is Underway

But a different project, not the denim rag rug - that's on hold for now.
I have a soft spot for herringbone and twill patterns so I decided to do some tea towels for a first project on the 20" table loom I got a few weeks ago.
I warped it up with a 8/2 cotton in a natural white colour. I have planned a pointed horizontal twill in two shades of orange and a dark turquoisey blue/green.
I am in a learning process and need to see how the colours interact with each other & the pattern chosen.
I warped it front to back following Deborah Chandler's 'Learning to Weave' book. The colours as seen on my monitor do not do justice to the combination. That is a burnt orange with a turquoise green. The lighter orange does not appear yet.
Pointed Twill
Having fun, but looking forward to when I get a rhythm developed when throwing the shuttle across.

Thursday, August 19, 2010


Clun forest. Natural & Sumac dyed.

Spinning Clun Forest 2 ply for future weaving project. This is 61 grams natural and 81 grams sumac.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Items of Note

I have finished my Level 1 Master Spinner workbook/project. Here is an item from it:
Coreopsis dye with alum mordant. Sumac dyed decoration w. more coreopsis.
It is knitted with homespun marled wool yarn made from 2 plies of Clun Forest & a single of dark grey Romney. I am so happy to have my project finished and on it's way to my teacher for marking. I will have some free time to get back to weaving. 
This is what I did for 2 hours after I mailed it.

My new dye garden has some dye plants in it now too - alkanet, madder, dyer's broom, golden marguerite. More later.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Dyeing Lately

I harvested some woad on Tuesday with the intention of dyeing my project toque & a homespun skein of Shetland 2 ply wool yarn.
This was my first woad attempt & I have to say it was unsuccessful. I got a dull pink colour. Here is what I mean:
Woad unsuccessful attempt.

That is the undyed leftover yarn between the hat & skein. The hat is made of Clun Forest wool & a dark grey Romney wool. The skein pictured is a 2 ply homespun Shetland wool.

I also took the leftover woad leaves, after the extraction & simmered the dye liquor with sample skeins mordanted in alum, iron, and alum & iron. This is the result:
Dyed with mordanted wool in woad leaves after indigo extraction.
From the left: no mordant, alum mordant, alum & iron mordant, iron mordant.

Today I picked 2 lbs. of woad again & tried one more time:
2nd Woad dyeing attempt. A very pale blue.
These are the same articles dyed again. The sample skein on the left is Clun Forest 2 ply dyed on the natural white base. The 2 on the right were pinkish to start. I have to say it is again only a small success.

On a better note, my wonderful husband prepared my new dye garden which is a raised bed behind the building where we house our hobby shops. The size is 6'x24'. I have new plants started just waiting to go in.
New Dye Garden (no soil, no plants, just building it)
It should be finished & planted next week.

That's all for now.